First-Ranked Penn State Mení»s Volleyball Downs Ohio State, 3-1
Columbus, Ohio, January 11, 2002 The number one-ranked Penn State mení»s volleyball team (1-0 overall) downed Ohio State, 3-1 (30-28, 31-29, 25-30, 30-26) in its 2002 season opener Friday night in Columbus, Ohio. Juniors Zach Slenker (Dallastown, Pa.), Carlos Guerra (Tamaulipus, Mexico) and Zeljko Koljesar (Kitchener, Ontario) combined for 51 of the teamí»s 66 total kills.
The Nittany Lions were led by middle hitter Slenker, who had 17 kills on 22 attempts with one error (.727). Penn State out-hit the Buckeyes (0-1) for the match, .308 to .298, including a stellar second-game hitting percentage of .571 (19-3-28). Koljesar tallied a team-high 20 kills while adding nine digs and two blocks. Guerra notched 14 kills and four digs on the night. Returning All-American Jose Quinones (Bayamon, Puerto Rico) dished out 57 assists to lead the Penn State offense in the four-game victory.
Ohio State was led by Pieter Olree with 25 kills while setter Mark Peckham directed the Buckeye offense with 47 assists. Ohio State also out-blocked Penn State 11-7 and held the advantage in service aces at 5-4.
Penn State returns to action Thursday, Jan. 17 when it takes on Hawaii in their opening match of the Outrigger Invitational in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Lionsí» season home-opener is Tuesday, Jan. 29 vs. St. Francis beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Rec Hall.
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